Friday Market at Mapusa (contd), September 20, 2013

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Geeta Bhojaya from Gujarat neighbours the antique spread but exhibits a distinct presence with her embroidered bed covers.

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Alfred Fernandes transmitted a sparkling and open friendliness with a benign sense of humour to match.

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He was proud of his wares, (a jumble of books titles ranging from Indian Economics to Mills and Boons, old handbags, hotel room loafers, a vhs of the film ‘crouching tiger hidden dragon’, a red quilted jacket to name a few), which lay in a pile before him. He spoke and laughed with abandon.

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Originally from Bombay, he has lived in Goa for the past two decades. He resides in the beautiful village of Aldona, across the highway from Mapusa market.

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Standing next to Alfred was Fitzgerald Rodrigues in a cap and with a pouch strapped around his belly. There was a quiet orderliness about him and his display in contrast to his blithe neighbour.

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His few products lay together item-wise and composed of imported packets of tang, maggi soup cubes, Kraft cheese, a box of rubber flip-flops, meat choppers, toothpicks to name some. I liked his name. Fitzgerald is from Aldona.

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